The Hanging Garden by Patrick White
A Novel

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The Hanging Garden, Patrick White’s posthumous novel, is absolutely luminous, its publication a gift.
-NY Journal of Books

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"Indisputably one of the century's greatest writers." —Annie Proulx

"The Hanging Garden is a novel for our time--a story about parentless children, mistreated by a world that, by its lights, intends no harm but nonetheless does enduring damage." —The New York Times Book Review (cover review, 05/26/13)

From the Nobel Prize–winning author of The Eye of the Storm comes a vivid, visceral tale of childhood friendship and sexual awakening from beyond the echoes of World War II.

Sydney, Australia, 1942. Two children, on the cusp of adolescence, have been spirited away from the war in Europe and given shelter in a house on Neutral Bay, taken in by the charity of an old widow who wants little to do with them. The boy, Gilbert, has escaped the Blitz. The girl, Eirene, lost her father in a Greek prison. Left to their own devices, the children forge a friendship of startling honesty, forming a bond of uncommon complexity that they sense will shape their destinies for years to come.
Patrick White's posthumously discovered novel, The Hanging Garden, which represents the first part of what was intended to be his final masterpiece, is a breathtaking and important literary event. Seamlessly shifting among points of view, and written in dazzling prose, Patrick White's mastery of style and highly inventive storytelling will transport you as the work of few writers can.

 

About Patrick White

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Patrick White was born in England in 1912 to Australian parents and was educated in London. He is the author of twelve novels, including Voss (1957), Riders in the Chariot (1961), and The Vivisector (1970). In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. He died in September 1990.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Picador. 241 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Sutherland on May 24 2013

“The Hanging Garden” is different and, for lovers of White’s work, hugely exciting.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Ariel Balter on May 28 2013

The Hanging Garden, Patrick White’s posthumous novel, is absolutely luminous, its publication a gift.

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